The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

    By Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton Christensen
A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation.
In "The Innovator s DNA," authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen ("The Innovator s Dilemma," "The Innovator s Solution," "How Will You Measure Your Life?") build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.
By identifying behaviors of the world s best innovatorsfrom leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Groupthe authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting.
Once you master these competencies (the authors provide a self-assessment for rating your own innovator s DNA), the authors explain how to generate ideas, collaborate to implement them, and build innovation skills throughout the organization to result in a competitive edge. This innovation advantage will translate into a premium in your company s stock pricean innovation premiumwhich is possible only by building the code for innovation right into your organization s people, processes, and guiding philosophies.
Practical and provocative, "The Innovator s DNA" is an essential resource for individuals and teams who want to strengthen their innovative prowess.
Jeff Dyer is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School, Brigham Young University. He is widely published in strategy and business journals and was the fourth most cited management scholar from 1996?2006. Hal Gregersen is a professor of leadership at INSEAD. He consults to organizations around the world on innovation, globalization, and transformation and has published extensively in leading academic and business journals. Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Christensen is also co-founder of Innosight, a management consultancy; Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm; and Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank. He is the author or coauthor of five books including the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Innovator's Dilemma", "The Innovator's Solution" and most recently, "Disrupting Class." He also serves as a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The late Jerome H. Grossman, M.D., was the Director of the Harvard/Kennedy School Health Care Delivery Policy Program. A nationally recognized health care policy expert and a pioneer in health informatics, his leadership spanned business and health care. He served as CEO of a major medical center, chaired the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and co-founded four successful companies.

Jason Hwang, M.D., is an internal medicine physician and senior strategist for the Healthcare Practice at Innosight LLC, an innovation and strategy consulting firm. He also co-founded and serves as the Executive Director of Healthcare at Innosight Institute, a non-profit social innovation think tank. Previously, Dr. Hwang was a chief resident and clinical instructor at the University of California, Irvine. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


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